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Lot 3626. A large Langyao bottle vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 44.1 cm. Estimate: 700,000 - 900,000 HKD. Lot sold: 882,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's.

the globular body rising from a short foot to a tall cylindrical neck surmounted by a slightly flared rim, covered overall in a lustrous rich red glaze of crushed raspberry tone thinning below the rim and stopping unevenly above the base, the base applied with a crackled glaze with a faint bluish tint.

Provenance: Collection of Mr and Mrs Earl Morse, New York, September 1982.
The Greenwald Collection, no. 40.
Christie's New York, 24th/25th March 2011, lot 1780.
Christie's New York, 19th September 2014, lot 886.
 
Literature: Gerald M. Greenwald, The Greenwald Collection, Two Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics, 1996, no. 40.
 
Note: The term langyao is derived from Lang Tingji, governor of Jiangxi province and supervisor of the imperial kilns from 1705 to 1712, who is known for reviving monochrome glazes, copper-red in particular.
 
A copper-red vase of this form in the Metropolitan Museum of Art is illustrated by Warren Cox, The Book of Pottery and Porcelain, vol. I, pl. 157 (bottom center) and another with a slightly shorter neck, in the Baur Foundation, is illustrated in the revised Sekai Toji Zenshu / Ceramic Art of the World, vol. 15, Tokyo, 1983, pl. 255, together with a black-glazed bottle in the Victoria and Albert Museum, pl. 251.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, Hong Kong, 22 April 2021